The Seward County Community College softball team went 2-2 at the Pratt Tournament last weekend in Pratt, Kan. The Lady Saints earned wins over Lamar Community College (12-0, five innings) and Independence Community College (10-2, five innings) on Saturday afternoon, before falling twice to Pratt Community College on Sunday. SCCC finished round-robin play with a 2-1 loss to Pratt Sunday morning, and then lost 4-2 in the championship game to the Lady Beavers. It was the fourth straight season that Seward County has faced Pratt in the championship game, with Pratt winning three of four titles over SCCC. The Lady Saints are now 8-8 overall this season.

The Lady Saints collected 32 base hits against Lamar and Independence combined while allowing only eight hits to their opponents. Melissa St. Clair was one of five Seward County players to tally at least two hits going 2-for-4 with a three-run home run and six RBI. Sophomore second baseman Rachel Adaza led the team going 3-for-4 with a double and three runs scored.

Freshman right-handed pitcher Courtney Auger tossed the five-inning complete-game shutout allowing three hits and two walks with six strikeouts.

The hits kept coming in the second game on Saturday in another five-inning run-rule contest against Jayhawk East opponent Independence. Seven Seward County position players collected at least two base hits, including St. Clair (3-for-4, two triples, four RBI), Jamie Gilbert (2-for-4, two runs), Lindsey Garchinski (2-for-4, three RBI), Jennifer Collins (2-for-3, double), Katelyn Glenn (2-for-3, SB), Tasia McEntire (2-for-3, RBI) and Alyssa Fandrick (2-for-3, RBI).

Lady Saintsí right-handed pitcher Cara Russell was the winning pitcher for SCCC. Russell pitched five innings and allowed two runs, five hits, one walk and picked up five strikeouts.

In the first game against Pratt, SCCC allowed two unearned runs in the first inning which would end up being enough for the Lady Beavers. Seward scored its only run in the seventh frame when Glenn singled home Alicia Gonzales, who pinch ran for Collins, to score the only run for the Lady Saints. Auger received the loss in the circle for SCCC, allowing just three hits, two walks with nine strikeouts.

In the championship, Garchinski led the SCCC offense with a double, RBI and run scored while going 2-for-4. St. Clair notched her third multiple-hit game of the weekend going 2-for-3 with a RBI. Russell suffered the loss allowing eight hits, four runs, two walks and collecting four strikeouts.

Seward County will now prepare for a four-game home stand this week at Lady Saints Softball Field. SCCC will host a non-conference doubleheader against Frank Phillips College on Tuesday, March 11, at 1 p.m., and will then take on Colby Community College on Wednesday, March 12, at 2 p.m. in a Jayhawk West Conference and Division I Region VI doubleheader.